When someone adds one of my blog post links to there’s I get a message about it, so I was delighted when I got this one and discovered that someone had been inspired by my own save the dates. Quite by surprise the save the dates we made for our wedding have become one of the most popular blog posts I’ve featured and many, many TNWC readers have recreated their own versions – I love seeing them all.
Most often people use the recycled brown card that I myself fell in love with, but these ones created by an American letterpress and stationery company use a white card and are equally beautiful. The couple were inspired by the ‘tying the knot’ version of my save the dates (another ‘most viewed’ blog post) where a knot is tied in twine as you open the save the date.
I am enjoying writing up these Directory Showcase posts, they are a wonderful reminder of the great businesses that you can find listed in the directory – that’s all those categories you can find at the top of the page in the grey luggage tag. If you’d like to find out more about the businesses, do have a look through the directory or read more of the Directory Showcase posts.
Pretty Sweet are passionate about taste and quality, so naturally their wedding cupcakes are coloured and flavoured with fresh fruits and organic ingredients where available. To decorate, Pretty Sweet uses hand-crystallised seasonal fresh flowers that are edible. Visit the directory for full details of wedding cake makers using natural, organic and fair trade ingredients.
April Doubleday is an ethical jewellery designer and maker based in Devon, she uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. All of her jewellery, including her wedding and engagement rings, are made from Fair Trade gold, and her diamonds are sourced responsibly from Australia and Canada. Visit the directory for a full list of ethical jewellers.
I’m really excited to share some of my favourite new designs from one of the stationery businesses listed in the directory. These beautiful new designs have been created by Vici-Jane and husband Richard of Artcadia. They are a mixture of letterpress and digital wedding stationery, and include a new range of ‘uncomplicated’ letterpress designs where you can select your own fonts, motifs, inks and envelope colours.
These two below (and the one above) are called Roma and incorporate beautiful folk styles.
If you’re planning a tealight lit wedding reception with jam jar lanterns hung from the trees then Twinkle Twinkle could be for you – don’t you just love how this invitation completely captures that type of atmosphere?
These cute little notebooks from Yield Ink are handprinted onto recycled card notebooks and come packaged in this sweet calico drawstring bag. I think they would be great for an organised bride planning her wedding, or a not-so-organsied bride that wanted to be more organised.
During my wedding planning I was always coming up with ideas on what we could do, or another item for another list, and we ended up with so many pieces of paper floating around we had to stick them in a rather ugly binder. A little bag of these would have been much nicer.
The wonderful Vici-Jane from Artcadia is giving away up to 100 custom designed letterpress ‘save the date’ cards with envelopes to one lucky winner. All you have to do is go to the Artcadia website, pick your favourite ‘save the date’ design from the collection, and leave a comment about it on their blog.
As the winner, you’ll not only be able to pick whether you have your ‘save the dates’ digitally or letterpress printed, but you’ll also be able to choose from any of their designs or get one custom-made.
The closing date in October 31st and the winner will be contacted by November 5th 2011. So what are you waiting for all you 2012 couples? Don’t forget to mention in your blog comment that you heard about it at The Natural Wedding Company.